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Merlin. 2nd January, 1865
Rather Aggressive

An open air Temperance Meeting was held on Monday night last, in Baneswell Road, near the new bank, and the speakers who had the pleasure of addressing a large concourse of people, had the audacity to hold forth from a brewer's cart. Probably the owner was unaware of the salutary purpose to which his vehicle was appropriated.

Merlin. 7th January, 1865
Garibaldi Temperance Lifeboat Crew

Under this title a society has lately been established in Newport whose object, we believe, is to visit and seek to reclaim the immoral and dissipated of both sexes. There are three "boats" - one in Newport proper (Mr. C. Matthews, captain), one in Pill (Mr. D. Prewett, captain) and one manned by a female crew with Mrs. Firbank as their commander. The first appearance of the Garibaldians was celebrated on Monday last, by a tea at the Temperance Hall and a public meeting in the evening at the Town Hall presided over by the Mayor when there was a large attendance, many probably being curious to inspect the uniform of the 'crews' which consists of the emblematical red shirt and other decorations.

Merlin. 18th January, 1865
Property of a Deceased Captain

Before the Divisional Petty Sessions, a Mr. Seys applied to the Bench for advice under the following circumstances: The bodies of two sailors had been washed ashore at Goldcliff, one of whom was Captain of the 'Andrea Matilda', a Danish brig. There was nearly £20 on the person of the latter; and the applicant wished to know if he had the right to deduct the expense he had gone to in burial etc. out of the £20.

Inspector Sheppard said he had communicated with Mr. Moses, the Danish Consul, and that gentleman considered all expenses should be deducted from the money found on the captain.

The Bench advised Mr. Seys to see Mr. Phillips, the Receiver of Wrecks, and at the same time suggested he should not part with the money until he was paid for his trouble.

Merlin. 21st January, 1865
Clergy and Balls

Dear Sir,

From the heading of this letter some of your readers may perhaps be inclined to suppose that I am about to meddle with a subject which does not concern me; but I make bold to say that such is not the case. The attendance of clergy at balls is a matter that deeply concerns me. I am a clergyman myself, and have no hesitation in saying that those clergymen who patronise such vain and frivolous pastimes give great offence to the large majority of their brethren, both clerical and lay: it is therefore my duty to reprove the offenders.

I am far from condemning altogether any rational or necessary amusement, provided it be used in subservience to the higher obligations and duties of man; but I do maintain and fearlessly declare that the minister of Christ outsteps that line of demarcation which distinguishes him as a man of God when he identifies himself with the "mixed multitude" of the ballroom, knowing as I do that those ball-going clergy, who sanction amusements at variance with the sacredness of this high calling, do set a bad example before their flock, shock the feelings of all true Christians as well as lower the ministry of the Gospel in the eyes of the world, I feel I am bound to warn them, whether they hear me or not.

An Evangelical Vicar - January 18th, 1865

N.G. 15th June, 1865
Singular Occurrence

An accident of a very singular character occurred to the nurse at the Kings Head Hotel on Sunday last. In the afternoon it seemed that she had indulged in a siesta, on awakening from which, she found that her set of four false teeth, with the Silver Plate attached, which was worn by her, had slipped from their position into her throat. Her fright was considerably increased when all her efforts to extricate them proved in vain. Messrs Jhoida Brewer McArdle and J. Hawkins surgeons were called to aid in relieving the sufferer, but their skill proved also unavailing, in removing the obstruction. After repeated attempts a consultation was held, and it was arranged that the case being of such a peculiar nature and rare occurrence, that the female should proceed to London accompanied by Mr. Hawkins, and seek the most experienced assistance of a hospital surgeon. No time was lost before the patient was in the precincts of St. Bartholemew's Hospital, and here after no less than seven tries with a variety of instruments, of the mast unpleasant kind, and many lacerations, the teeth were abstracted.

N.G. 29th June, 1865
If I had a Mule

Sandra Benhur, whose case had been adjourned since last Saturday, was charged with breaking open the Pound and taking a mule therefrom, lawfully impounded. From the evidence given it appears the prisoner broke the lock of the Pound with a hatchet, took her mule out, and afterwards dealt it sundry blows with the hatchet. Mr. Partridge was present and she gave him the length of her tongue. Inspector Fowler said she had given him a great deal of trouble when he took her into custody. She first refused to walk and after he had secured a conveyance, she would not come with them, and they were obliged to drag her for half a mile. Mr. Pope severely lectured her for her ungovernable temper and in consequence of her family, she was only committed for seven days to the House of Correction.

N.G. 21st September, 1865
Error of the Press

There is an old saying that mishaps will occur in the best regulated families. A lady wrote to the Editor of our sister paper 'The Star of Gwent'. In the course of her letter she made the following choice line "as sweet as the fragrance from freshly blown roses". Judge her unmitigated horror, disgust and rage, when she later read, "as sweet as the fragrance from freshly blown noses."

N.G. 2lst September, 1865
A Pugilist in Trouble

The celebrated Bill Benjamin, the pugilist, was arrested for debt in this town a few days since and conveyed to the County Debtors' gaol for detention.

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'Newport First Stop' - 100 Years of News Stories
[ Contents ] [ Acknowledgements ] [ Preface ] [ Postscript ] [ Chronology ]
[ 1800 - 29 ] [ 1830 - 39 ] [ 1840 - 49 ] [ 1850 - 59 ] [ 1860 - 69 ] [ 1870 - 79 ] [ 1880 - 89 ] [ 1890 - 99 ]
[ 1860 ] [ 1861 ] [ 1862 ] [ 1863 ] [ 1864 ] [ 1865 ] [ 1866 ] [ 1867 ] [ 1868 ] [ 1869 ]

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